Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Previewing New Features
The version of office included with some of the office 365 subscriptions also includes the InfoPath 2013
application for creating automated forms; and Lync 2013, a communications application for VoIP calling, video calls, online
meetings, online messaging, and more. All users can also purchase and install the optional Project 2013 project
management program, and some office 365 subscriptions include a viewer for reviewing Visio diagram i les.
Previewing New Features
If you’ve worked with previous versions of the Offi ce applications, then the previous fi gures
showing the applications covered in this topic just gave you a clue to one overall change
for Offi ce. The tabs and other screen elements now sport a streamlined, 2-D appearance.
This makes it easier to identify the tools you want to use and to focus on the content
you’re creating. Some new features appear in nearly all of the applications, and from there,
each application sports its own unique improvements. You’fill learn about key new features
throughout the book.
A number of the applications feature a new Start screen that appears by default when you
start the program. From this screen, you can select a theme or template, search for
templates, or open one of your recently used fi les. This helps you get on task in the application
more quickly.
Many of the improvements across applications streamline your ability to work with the
look of a document or work with graphics. For example, both Word and PowerPoint now
have a Design tab offering updated choices, such as Style Sets in Word and theme variants
in PowerPoint. Microsoft freshened up the themes and specifi c formatting styles found on
Design contextual tabs. You can use live layout and alignment guides to help align
graphics and other objects in Word and PowerPoint. A number of the applications enable you to
search for and insert online pictures, including ones from an extensive royalty-free clipart
collection on Offi, or even audio and video from online sources. And when you select
many different types of objects, one or more buttons appear on the right; click that type of
button to open a fl yout with contextual formatting and other choices such as toggling
settings for a selected item on and off. Figure 1.10 shows an example of this new style of pane,
in this case for applying a new style or color to a selected chart in Excel. (You might see
this new sty le of pane referred to as a Format Object task pane.)
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